Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQUA-TECH Aquarium Filters

1. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5


(1384 Points)

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2. AQUA-TECH EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge for 5-15 Filters, 6 Pack

User Ratings: 83 1

AQUA-TECH PL-T135-06 First Impressions

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. , that's what makes this so funny. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge for 5-15 Filters, 6 Pack
  • EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge fits AQUA-Tech 5-15 Power Filters
  • Contains AQUA-Tech Premium Activated Carbon
  • No messy assembly required
  • Changes in seconds just shake and rinse
  • For best results, change every 2-4 weeks
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 4.88 x 5 inches; 6.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH PL-T135-06
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AQUA-TECH PL-T135-06 Final Thoughts

"Peace out Amazonians."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Never ever ever use it past a year. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

Overall Score
4.7


(1230 Points)

3. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 61 15

AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Really happy with the money I was able to save. In the afternoon the noises started again. I've think I've had had six of them. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 5 to 15 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.88 x 5.19 x 7.63 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90737-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.0


(520 Points)

4. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 62 10

AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Following morning it was running quietly. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 10 to 20 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #2 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.31 x 9.25 x 8.5 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90738-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

Overall Score
4.2


(68 Points)

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5. AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons

AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons
  • includes cartridge: the molded ribbed back maximizes contact with water – includes premium activated carbon.
  • biological filtration: bio-foam biological filtration removes toxic ammonia and nitrites on contact.
  • quiet: decoupled motor with dampeners reduces noise to below 40 db.
  • powerful: impeller and motor assembly designed for efficient power usage filters 30- to 60-gallon aquariums 6 times per hour.
  • sleek design: designed to fit standard aquarium hoods and canopies, the aqua-tech ultra quiet power filter makes aquatic filtration easy.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet
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AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM Final Thoughts

"No issues."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

6. Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 65 7

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Once I found that, the world was right again. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day.

  • Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon
  • Works freshwater and saltwater tanks
  • Compatible with 10-gallon size tanks
  • Two filter cartridges included
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Filt-a-Carb replacements filters
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Ammonia-X replacement filter
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Once I found that, the world was right again. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

Overall Score
4.3


(40 Points)

7. Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Aquarium Filter 265gph with Builtin Pump Kit Canister

User Ratings: 63 9

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"A very obvious waterfall."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Aquarium Filter 265gph with Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • 3 media trays capable of handling your choice of filtration media; Comes with an adjustable spray bar. This is a helpful feature if you want to adjust the output flow from the filter. No Light in the package!
  • This Aquarium Filter is good for up to 75 gallon fish tanks, can be applied Flow rate: 264 GPH (1000L/hr) Pump Power: 18W Hose size: 3/4" Max-H: 4.6 feet.
  • Canister filters for aquariums use high water pressure, from a properly powered pump, to force water through the dense filter media. A pump can draw water from an under-gravel filter, and run it into a canister for double filtration.
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance.
  • The 3 flexible media trays allow you to add other filtration media to achieve excellent mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.
  • (1) Input and Output Discreteness
  • (1) Barrel Head
  • (1) Main Canister Body
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

Overall Score
4.3


(86 Points)

8. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 50

User Ratings: 66 10

Aqueon 100106117 First Impressions

"No worries there."

Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 50
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological filtration plus additional assistance with the Aqueon specialty filter pads
  • Self-priming – starts up automatically after cleaning or power interruptions.
  • Certified flow rates that assure proper water circulation for improved fish health
  • LED indicator light flashes when it’s time to replace clogged cartridges by monitoring actual water levels.
  • Internal pump design helps dampen noise and eliminate leaks
  • Lifetime warranty; Ideal for aquariums up to 50 gallons
  • Uses large Aqueon replacement cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106117
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Aqueon 100106117 Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I put it together, reading instructions of course. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly.

Overall Score
4.2


(690 Points)

9. Biohome Plus Filter Media

User Ratings: 73 2

Biohome First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Biohome Plus Filter Media
  • Avoid Delay, choose ship buy Aqualexs Not Amazon Prime -1 Pound - (recommended 2-4 lb for 30 gallon or larger)
  • ONE OF THE BEST FILTER MEDIA ON THE MARKETS
  • Promotes odorless and clear water
  • Small sized media, great for canister, HOB and sump filters
  • Fast control ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate
  • Manufacture: Biohome
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Biohome Final Thoughts

"In one day crystal clear."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. This filter really does a good job. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

10. Aquarium Air Filter,Biochemical Sponge Fish Tank Activated Carbon Filter,Underwater Air Driven Oxyge...

User Ratings: 34 17

Fdit First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. The filter stopped working all of a sudden.

  • Aquarium Air Filter,Biochemical Sponge Fish Tank Activated Carbon Filter,Underwater Air Driven Oxygen Releases Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Biochemical Stone Sponge Corner Filter(Grey)
  • HIGH EFFICIENCY BIOCHEMICAL FILTRATION SYSTEM☛ Made from environmental high density sponge filter and high-performance activated carbon as filter material for effective cleaning.The air pump driven carbon filter can improve the water quality of the fish tank, increase the solubility of oxygen in water
  • NO NOISE AND ENERGY SAVING☛ no need to use electricity, the aquarium filter can be driven by the air pump with a single hole.It creates numerous minute bubbles for increased oxygen flow without noise.
  • EASY TO WASH & REUSE☛ Easy to remove and easy to clean, convenient to replace the filter cotton
  • PROPER SIZE FOR INSTALLATION AND SPACE-SAVING☛ Mini size is suitable for small fish tanks, do not take much space.
  • SAFE FOR BETTA, FRY AND OTHER SMALL FISH☛ Betta, fry and other small fish will NEVER get sucked up into the filter. The slow current from this filter is ideal when breeding and spawning.
  • Manufacture: Fdit
  • Item Weight: 4.9 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fdit
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Fdit Final Thoughts

"Try it you wont be sorry."

The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters.

Overall Score
3.5


(11 Points)

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